ELVIS: MOVIE REVIEW

Elvis is the long-awaited colorful rock biopic from director, Bas Luhrmann starring the incredible Austin Butler The standard rock biopic formula gets all shook up in Elvis, with Baz Luhrmann's dazzling energy and style perfectly complemented by Austin Butler's outstanding lead performance. Luhrmann  also wrote part of it and was a producer.

It's a big movie that is sure to keep you captivated as it energetically looks at the life and music of Elvis Presley alongside his manager Colonel Tom Parker played by Tom Hanks. The movie looks at the complex relationship that lasted over 20 years from the time Elvis rose to fame to being the star he was. Pricilla Presley is played by Olivia DeJonge.

The movie has a lot of movement, it does not stop. Lots of fast cuts in a stylized way that sometimes feels its overpowering the story and actors but it does go through the life of Elvis at a cliP that never bores. Lots of Luhrmann color and lighting with the camera moving every which way creating excitement and pacing that does not let go. Sometimes it feels too much of a non-stop joy ride rather than a deep creative piece but again, it is never boring. The movie really does spend a lot of time on the manager angle and is seen through his eyes with that European accent and makeup that are a character by themselves.

You know a Baz Luhrmann movie., This is what you get. Lots of fun and music. and if you like Elvis - you will love it as it looks at his life and career. Pricilla and Lisa Marie officially say Elvis would have liked it.

 

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